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The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1910
Otto Wallach

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Otto Wallach - Facts

Otto Wallach

Otto Wallach

Born: 27 March 1847, Koenigsberg (now Kaliningrad), Germany (now Russia)

Died: 26 February 1931, Göttingen, Germany

Affiliation at the time of the award: Goettingen University, Göttingen, Germany

Prize motivation: "in recognition of his services to organic chemistry and the chemical industry by his pioneer work in the field of alicyclic compounds"

Field: industrial chemistry, organic chemistry

Prize share: 1/1

Work

Terpenes are a large and varied group of hydrocarbon compounds that exist in many fragrant substances in nature, including turpentine and other essential oils. In the 1880s Otto Wallach surveyed such substances and developed methods for extracting different terpenes from mixtures. He showed that many substances were mixtures of a small number of terpenes and that terpenes can easily be altered and change into each other. Otto Wallach's work became significant within the chemical industry, where essential oils are used in perfume and food.

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